Linval a high priority for Jints this offseason

Giants DT Linval Joseph could be in high demand this March in free agency. From Rotoworld:

The Newark Star-Ledger believes Giants impending free agent DT Linval Joseph could command $35-40 million on a new contract.

“Joseph is just 25 years old and is coming off a third consecutive strong season. He’s started 46 of the Giants’ past 48 games and has nine sacks over that span. Joseph is also a quality run-stuffing defensive tackle at 6-foot-4, 323. He’s our No. 2 free-agent defensive tackle, behind Chicago’s Henry Melton and ahead of Green Bay’s B.J. Raji. The Giants will likely prioritize Joseph.

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

We know the Giants want to keep Joseph, but the price could end up being too high. They committed themselves to fortifying the middle of the defensive line last offseason, signing Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson, while spending a draft choice on Ohio State’s Jonathan Hankins.

The perception that Joseph is a top DT has been debated by both sides. Last year, he had little help, was overused and got pushed around a bit. The buzz was he was an underachiever. This year, Joseph played very well, getting help from Jenkins, Patterson and LB Jon Beason and was a stalwart on the interior of the line.

The Giants may want to build around Joseph, Hankins and Markus Kuhn, so if they sign him (which is their intent) they must make sure he continues to get solid partners around him. But signing Joseph could hamper their ability to shore up other areas. I guess that’s why Jerry Reese gets the big bucks.

3 comments
Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

without question, the Giants would like to re-sign Joseph. However; Giants history has shown similar pending UFA that the Giants wanted to retain, but the asking price was too much. If GM Reese is going to re-sign Joseph, this year is the right time as the Giants will have roughly $17.5 in cap space. Also, they can increase that total with a few voided contracts (Snee, Baas, Webster, Myers, Kiwanuka). There some quality DT available in free agency. However; based on overall ability (run stopper and pass rush), age and health wise; no one matches up with Joseph. The only way the Giants will not re-sign Joseph is if he wants to be one of the top 3 highest paid DT in the league. not so sure the Giants will go that far.

Tamás Asbóth
Tamás Asbóth

So we can't pay our best DT? The team don't spend too much money for the other defensive tackles. I'm sorry but this is bad cap management in my eyes.

Serge Marinkovic
Serge Marinkovic

A young, stalwart DL who needs to be part of the future.  He knows the defense well and is better than anyone else at his position the last 20 years or so.  Kuhn is the next Giant to show what he can do next year when he is 18 months post ACL repair.